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The Dyacon Aviation Weather Station

The aviation weather station is a full turn-key solution that represents the typical station ordered for small airports. It includes a tripod, stakes, and cell phone service included.

Whether your airport services a rural community, wildfire services, emergency services, or private tourism, site-specific weather data is pivotal to safe operations. While windsocks have their place, they’re simply inadequate when flying in after a day trip. Wind direction, speed, visibility, and more can all be significantly different than they were at takeoff, and the pilot’s safety depends on knowing those specific conditions.

Of course, small operations don’t typically have massive budgets for complicated weather instruments. Although high-end AWOS equipment is incredibly helpful, the costs can be prohibitive. At the other end of the spectrum, department store weather instruments suit the needs of a gardener but can be unreliable on a larger scope. Dyacon weather stations hit the sweet spot: reliable and affordable. Using DyaconLive (a service included with every weather station equipped with a cell phone), you can view aviation-specific variables such as density altitude and estimated cloud base using SMS text message or a web browser. A network connected webcam can be used to show the runway conditions on DyaconLive as well.

Unlike other commercial equipment, the Dyacon weather station is fully autonomous with solar power and wireless data.

The following are some differentiators. The aviation weather station is a full turn-key solution that represents the typical station ordered for small airports. In spite of the "aviation" name, it is the same as our MS-130 configuration, but with tripod, stakes, and cell phone service included.
  • Fully-autonomous weather station
  • Solar powered with 1 week of autonomous operation
  • Discrete sensor for easy maintenance
  • Rugged, repairable design
  • Built-in wired and wireless connectivity
  • Embedded cell phone data modem (first year of service included)
  • Wired Modbus RTU interface
  • Real-time web portal (DyaconLive.net)
    • Public and private access controls
    • Grow-degree Days, Irrigation*, Fire Weather** reports
    • User selectable aviation or general purpose modes
    • Maintenance management system to schedule and record maintenance activities
    • System operational information
    • Customize units
  • SMS text message weather reports
  • SMS remote control and configuration
  • Built-in data logging
  • 15 foot (5 m) tripod
  • US made, US supported
*Irrigation report provides net water and evapotranspiration. Requires rain gauge and solar sensor. ** Fire weather report requires rain gauge

Pre-Configured
Dyacon weather stations are made in the USA and are pre-configured for aviation applications. The MS‑130 was created specifically to meet the needs of the aviation industry.



Features of the The Dyacon Aviation Weather Station include:


Wind speed and direction
SMS (text message) weather reports
USB configuration
Air temperature
Relative humidity
Barometric pressure
Modbus slave
Low-power operation
Data logger


With these stations, weather reports are provided in an easy-to-use METAR format through a simple SMS text message interface. Once the weather station is installed, you can simply send a text message request from your cell phone and receive an immediate response directly from the weather station. Dyacon weather stations can also automatically upload to DyaconLive, our weather data web portal.

The integrated cell phone and solar power capabilities allow for remote installations and easy configuration. The system requires no apps, no websites, and no computer voices. No special data logger programming is required. If you can set up your home router, you can install a Dyacon weather station.

Basic measurements include wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

When combined with a Dyacon tripod, Dyacon weather stations are portable, which allows you to relocate them for seasonal or temporary landing strips.
Description
Dyacon MS‑130™ is our most popular weather station configuration for aviation applications. This configuration is a turnkey solution for our aviation customers. It includes basic instruments, solar powered, field tripod, and embedded cell phone for fully autonomous operation. MS-130-A™ is an ideal station for small airports, heliports, and fly-in communities.

Check out the Pilot’s Guide for Dyacon weather stations.

Connected
MS‑130-A™ supports both wired and wireless connections. The embedded cell phone uploads to DyaconLive and Weather Underground®. The Modbus RTU port can be connected to a local computer, for redundant weather data display. SMS text message weather reports are provided in two different aviation formats METAR and a plain-language version.

Customizable
MS‑130-A™ includes a control module (data logger), wind sensor, temperature-pressure-humidity sensor, solar power module, embedded cell phone, and mounting hardware. Rain gauge, solar sensor, and aspirator can be added.

Installation
Dyacon weather stations are designed to be installed, configured, and maintained by the end user. No outside contractors needed.

MS‑130-A™ is pre-configure and an aviation system at the factory. Users will need to set north and check the lat-lon and elevation during installation. No programming or specialized skills are required.
Key Features explained

Basic Configuration
MS‑130-A™ is a full, ready-to-use weather station for Aviation applications. It ships with a control module, wind sensor (WSD‑1), air sensor (TPH‑1), solar panel, mounting brackets, tripod, and tripod stakes. The first year of cell phone and webportal service is also included.

Rain, solar sensor, and aspirator are options.

Wireless Operation
Dyacon MS-130-A includes an embedded cell phone that provides data upload to DyaconLive and SMS text message weather reports.

DyaconLive can be access controlled, limiting the weather station to registered users or you can enable a public link to place on your organizations website.

Cell phone and web portal service is provided by Dyacon at a reasonable rate. The plan is renewed annually in February.

Wired Data
The control module is equipped with Modbus slave ports for connecting to a local computer running Dyacon Weather Display or Weather Connect software.

Solar Power
A 10 W solar module powers the MS‑130 and charges an internal battery. The system is designed to go five days of normal operation without solar input. An adaptive power algorithm extends critical operation for several more days.

A 20 W solar panel upgrade is available for northern latitudes or locations with low solar input.

Installation
Weather Station MS‑130-A™ is designed to be installed and maintained by the user. Sensors shipped with the unit are preconfigured and tested prior to shipment. Full instructions are provided so that setup can be done by the user without technical support. Videos of the setup process can be found on the Dyacon YouTube channel.

Accessories
The addition of a rain gauge is a common feature. Several options are available. RGTB-525i is a practical solution for most installations.

MS‑130-A includes a 12 V output for the Smart-Fan aspirated air sensor, which improves the temperature accuracy in sunny conditions.

A solar sensor can be added for assessing cloudiness.

DyaconLive supports a web camera upload. Contact Dyacon for camera recommendations or for information on linking your preferred web camera image to your weather station page.

In locations with sandy or rocky soil, sand plates can be mounted to the tripod feet and buried in the sand 8-10 inches. These can also be stack with rocks when the tripod is mounted in rocky conditions where stakes are not possible.



Downloads:

Weather Station Brochure MS-130 Data Sheet Analog Sensor Compatibility List Quick-Start Guide Weather Station Control Manual

Firmware Update Instructions

V232 Firmware for USB Loading

Software:

CM Utility - Configuration and log download software CM Utility Manual

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